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'AMERICA'S MOST WANTED' AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ANNOUNCE 'THE MISSING CHILD ALERT'

'AMERICA'S MOST WANTED' AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND
 EXPLOITED CHILDREN ANNOUNCE 'THE MISSING CHILD ALERT'
 New Media Partnership to Help Search for Missing Children
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Missing Child Alert," a new media partnership organized jointly by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and "America's Most Wanted," (AMW) in cooperation with Fox Broadcasting Co. affiliates, was announced today by AMW Host John Walsh and NCMEC President Ernest Allen.
 This new effort to locate missing children will prepare and broadcast bulletins of missing children as quickly as possible after law enforcement agencies launch a search.
 Fox affiliate stations throughout the country will be asked to air the bulletins, which will include the child's photo and description of the child, circumstances of the disappearances and instructions for calling the "America's Most Wanted" toll-free number, 1-800-CRIME-92 if they have information about the child. In addition to broadcasting the spots during their own programming, Fox affiliates will be urged to enlist the support of other area stations to run the missing child's photo and description. John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted," whose son Adam was kidnapped and found murdered in 1981, will narrate the spots.
 The program's quick turnaround is crucial to finding missing children. Law enforcement officials admit that unless a child is found within 48 hours, the chances of recovering them diminish significantly.
 Local Fox affiliates will contact "America's Most Wanted" as soon as they learn of a missing child search in their area. The show will produce the bulletins, in lengths of 10, 15 and 30 seconds, and feed them by satellite to the region where the child is reported missing.
 "The Missing Child Alert" teams up "America's Most Wanted" and the National Center with two purposes: to foster coordination between Fox affiliated stations and local law enforcement agencies and to show agencies how the National Center can help them deal with missing children cases.
 "In our six seasons on the air, we have found that many law enforcement agencies still don't know how to launch an immediate search for a missing child," said the series' executive producer, Lance Heflin. "With this program, we can use Fox affiliates to inform them about the resources the National Center can provide. These resources and the power of our regional missing-children bulletins will have a sizable impact on this devastating problem."
 In addition to sending out the regional spots via satellite, "America's Most Wanted" will also feature the missing-children reports nationally on its Friday night broadcasts (8-9 p.m. ET/PT). The series has already aided in the recovery of four missing children and the arrest of their suspected abductors in addition to aiding in the arrest of 231 fugitives from around the world.
 Yet AMW's most miraculous story happened on May 30, when the show helped recover 12-year-old Genny Krohn, abducted at gunpoint near her home in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Her kidnaper, Granville Pinion, released the youngster four days later after seeing her photograph on AMW. Using information written down by Krohn during her abduction, authorities arrested Pinion 13 hours later. Having pleaded guilty, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
 "Unfortunately, there aren't very many happy endings in cases of abductions by strangers," Walsh said. "Genny's recovery was an absolute miracle, something that's never happened before. In all my 10 years of working for missing children and victims' rights -- it was the happiest day of my life."
 The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, America's resource center for child protection, is a private, non-profit organization established by Congressional mandate to spearhead national efforts to locate and recover missing children and to raise public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation and sexual exploitation.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Breslin of America's Most Wanted, 202-895-3137/ CO: Fox Broadcasting ST: District of Columbia, California IN: ENT SU: PDT


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